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Tyson Gay set for return from doping suspension

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American record holder Tyson Gay is entered in a 100m race on July 3 in Lausanne, Switzerland, his first race after his retroactive one-year doping ban ends June 23.

“Lausanne has always been one of my favorite meets, and I’m thrilled to have it be my opening meet of 2014,” Gay said in a press release. “I have run fast times here. I have been training for several months, and will be ready on July 3.”

Gay is scheduled to run against Justin Gatlin, one of his 2012 Olympic 4x100m relay teammates who may lose their medal after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said Gay first began using prohibited substances before the London Olympics.

Gay revealed one of his failed drug tests last July 14, 10 days after he won last year’s Lausanne 100m in 9.79 seconds, and hasn’t raced since. USADA announced his suspension May 2, saying all of Gay’s results since July 15, 2012, have been disqualified.

Gay has stayed in the news without talking much since the ban announcement.

“There’s a lot for me to tell,” Gay said the next day, without going into detail.

He also reportedly offered to pay back some $500,000 in prize money and appearance fees to meets and was sued by former coach Jon Drummond, who said USADA is trying to ban him for life after being implicated by Gay.

Gay, 31, is the fastest American ever in the 100m, clocking 9.69 in 2009. Gatlin, 32, is tied with Maurice Greene as the second fastest U.S. man ever at 9.79. Gay and Gatlin went one-two in the 100m at last year’s U.S. Championships, 9.75 to 9.89.

Gatlin, the reigning Olympic 100m bronze medalist and world silver medalist, is undefeated this season (Usain Bolt is scheduled to race for the first time in 2014 on June 17). Gatlin said he believed running in the 9.6s was possible after he won the Pre Classic in a wind-aided 9.76 on Saturday.

Olympic 100m and 200m silver medalist Yohan Blake is slated to race 200m in Lausanne.

Galen Rupp breaks American record at Pre Classic

IOC expects decisions on Russian doping cases next month

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Investigators at the International Olympic Committee expect to have “a number” of doping cases involving Russians at the Sochi Olympics resolved by the end of November, but they have no plans to dictate the eligibility of these athletes for next year’s Winter Games in PyeongChang.

The leader of an IOC delegation in charge of reviewing 28 cases involving athletes at Sochi wrote to the head of the IOC Athletes Commission this week to update the timeline of cases stemming from a report detailing a Russian doping scheme at the 2014 Olympics and beforehand.

Denis Oswald said that of the cases his committee is reviewing, priority has been given to those involving athletes looking to compete in PyeongChang. Top priority goes to six cross-country skiers whose provisional suspensions expire Oct. 31.

Oswald also said his committee would rule on these athletes’ results for Sochi, but will not determine their eligibility for PyeongChang, instead handing over evidence to their respective sports federations to decide.

The IOC also appointed a task force to look at the Russian doping scandal as a whole, the results of which could have wider repercussions on the country’s eligibility at next year’s Olympics.

In a separate letter sent to worldwide sports leaders, IOC President Thomas Bach said only that the Schmid Commission is continuing its evaluation and that “I hope that the IOC Executive Board will still be able to take a decision this year because none of us want this serious issue to overshadow” the upcoming Olympics.

The updates come amid a growing chorus of calls for a timely decision and for Russia’s ouster from PyeongChang.

The IOC commissions are operating off information from the McLaren Report, the first part of which was released in July 2016.

In explaining the timeline, Oswald wrote that because the Russian scheme involved exchanging dirty urine samples with clean ones, it took time to adopt methods to verify that samples had been tampered with — in part by finding evidence of scratch marks on collection bottles that had been opened and re-sealed.

“The task has not been easy in both establishing a methodology in an area in which there are no established protocols,” he wrote, “and then moving through the necessary scientific analysis of each individual sample in a way which would withstand legal challenge.”

MORE: USOC boss calls for immediate action on Russian doping

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Two-time Olympian becomes first woman to lead U.S. national swim team

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Two-time Olympian Lindsay Mintenko has been picked to lead the U.S. national swimming team. She is the first woman to hold the title.

USA Swimming made the announcement Wednesday.

Mintenko replaces Frank Busch, who retired Oct. 1 as managing director. She has been a member of the national team staff since 2006.

During her swimming career, Mintenko won gold medals as a U.S. team captain at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics 800m freestyle relay and added a silver in 2004 on the 400m freestyle relay.

USA Swimming also announced an organizational restructuring that will place all technical divisions, including the national team, under the oversight of chief operating officer Mike Unger.

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